Annette Marie Haley (January 6, 1954 – April 22, 2016)

Annette HaleyWe are saddened to announce the passing of Annette Marie Haley, past national secretary of WNBA and longtime member of WNBA Detroit. We will dearly miss her humor, honesty, and enthusiasm. In addition to her WNBA membership, she was a proud member of the American Association of University Women, Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), Embroiders Guild of America, and St. Timothy Catholic Church, Trenton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Association of University Women Foundation.

March 3 Meeting on Social Media

IMG_9509 - Version 2Join us on March 3 at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills with author and book lover Mary Laura Philpott of Parnassus Books and NPT’s “A Word on Words” as we discuss how readers and writers can enjoy the “bookternet” and even embrace social media.  The meeting is free and open to the public. It will start at 6, with drinks and dinner at 5 if you wish to come early. Our inclement weather policy is to cancel if the Metro schools are closed. 

February 4 Monthly Meeting

Our first monthly meeting of 2016 is Thursday, February 4, at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills.  The meeting will start at 6, with drinks and dinner at 5 if you wish to come early. Our inclement weather policy is to cancel if the Metro schools are closed. 

This month’s program is The Art of the Review:

Do book reviews still matter? Who generates them? How do such reviews impact book lovers and the publishing landscape? Join us for a lively discussion about reviews with these extraordinary panelists: author/bookseller River Jordan; novelist Patti Callahan Henry; author Jamie Blaine; and WNBA member and book reviewer Roger Bishop.

WNBA Co-Sponsored Event Featuring Judith Wright

The Heart of the Fight: Learn the Skills You Need to Take You to the Next Level in Your Business and Career, presented by Judith Wright at the Gaylord Springs in Nashville on February 16, is being presented by NAWMBA Nashville Chapter, AFWA Music City Chapter, and Women’s National Book Association Nashville Chapter. Click here for more information.

When:  Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST) 
Where: Gaylord Springs – 18 Springhouse Lane,  Nashville, TN 37214 



Fourth Annual WNBA Writing Contest

Writing contest WNBA-Nashville chapterEntries are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual WNBA Writing Contest. Categories are:

Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction. 2,500-3,000 words maximum.

Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary.
2,500 words maximum.

3-5 pages of poetry.

WNBA members: $15 per entry
Non-members: $20 per entry

Submit your entries here.
For more information about the writing contest and past winners, check out our national website.

WNBA National Board Meeting 2015

NatlBoardMtgPortraitThe President of the San Francisco Chapter has written a wonderful recap of the National Board Meeting that was hosted by our New Orleans chapter. Please check out this post by Kate Farrell on the San Francisco chapter’s website to learn more about our organization, its history, and some of the plans in the works for our 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Women’s National Book Association in 1917 by 15 women booksellers at Sherwood’s Book Store in New York City.

Monthly Meetings Resume in September

Please note there will be no monthly meetings from June through August. Our meetings will resume the first Thursday in September. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, if you need some recommendations for your summer reading list, check out these selections, located on our WNBA National Reading Group Month website, that are from our 2014 Great Group Reads list.


BEA Honors 2015 Pannell Award Winners

The winners of the 2015 WNBA Pannell Award were honored at BookExpo America on May 29, 2015. The award is co-sponsored by WNBA and Penguin Young Readers Group. For more information, check out this article by Publishers Weekly.

WNBA 2015 Pannell Award Winners Announced

WNBA honors Anderson’s Bookshop and Once Upon A Time Bookstore with 2015 Pannell Awards. Read more about them in this Shelf Awareness article.

WNBA 2014-2015 Annual Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2014-2015 Annual Writing Contest!

Poetry: Diane Whitney for “Curiosity”

Fiction: Allison Har-zvi for “If You’re Ready”

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir: Diane Kraynak for “Science Project”

Special thanks to the contest Chairperson, Joan Gelfand and the judges Ellen Bass, Michelle Hoover,  and Dierdre Blair for their hard work! Read the full press release here: